Backwards Image Search on an iPad
I chose an explorer, as a teacher of predominantly Emirati children in the UAE, I chose an Emirati woman who was the first to get unassisted to the North Pole (of course this can be adapted to include whatever you are introducing to the children). I used an interactive whiteboard and revealed a little of the picture at a time using the reveal tool. Children gave suggestions as to who she may be, what clues are there? As expected, they had no idea and couldn't work out who/what she might be. We discussed how we might find out before moving on to introduce how a backwards image search works.
2 Direct Instruction
A backwards image search was a novel concept for the whole class; instead of typing text to search for an image, an image is uploaded to Google and the person or object in the image is identified as text (with links to Wikipedia etc)
Teacher demonstrates how to use a 'backwards' Google image search on their iPads. Pictures of explorers had been downloaded from google images, printed and displayed around the classroom. Teacher introduces how to navigate to the main Google site (not to the mobile site) using the Chrome browser (not Safari as it doesn't work). Having followed these instructions, there is now a camera icon in the search bar. The teacher models how to take photographs of the explorers on display and use Google to identify who is in the picture by touching the camera icon and uploading their images.
3 Guided Practice
Photographs of each explorer on display had been emailed to each child, along with questions about that explorer. Having seen how the teacher has modelled the activity, the children go about trying it out for themselves, noting down some basic facts about each explorer. Teacher circulates and assists as necessary, checking for understanding. Children bring attention to any problems they have.
4 Independent Practice
Children continue with the task and email results back to the teacher. Teacher can assess the accuracy of the information and also how many explorers each child has managed to identify.
Results are shared and compared within the class. Any problems/limitations with this method are identified and discussed. The class are informed that they will be choosing one of the explorers to research in depth and create an iMovie about.